Offbeat style from local and international designers dominated the runways at Vancouver Fashion Week, Spring 2011. Here's our pick of hot and not from the Pret-A-Porter collections.

 

New Knitwear: Laura Siegel
Winner of the VFW Rising Star Award, this New York-based designer showed a collection that mixed eco-friendly knits, with volume and texture that may have been more suited to a Fall collection, but we still love the eco sensibilities of this line.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blast From The Past: Queen of Jeans
With a collection of mid-to-light wash, capri and skinny jeans, we were looking for a little more innovation from the Queen of Jeans – and that definitely did not include embroidered hems on capri jeans. Different washes, rises and cuts would be a good start to set this line apart from the many, many jeans brands out there.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sumptuous Silks: Patricia Fieldwalker
Channel a Marilyn Monroe vibe in this flowing, sexy robe, part of a larger collection of feminine night wear.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Striking Headwear: Carmina De Young

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favourite International Designer: Hang Sang Beg
This Korean-based designer brought one of the more colourful collections to VFW, but it was his use of distressed knitwear on the runway that set this young designer apart from the rest. Although we can't pinpoint why, we are in love with his rainbow knit dress (left), as well as the more wearable hot pink dress (right).
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos By: Eugene Flores and Daniel Jolly, care of Vancouver Fashion Week.